To Kill a Mockingbird

Judge Taylor's management of the courtroom

Chapter 17 - Tom's Trial

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There is some irony here. Although Judge Taylor knows the truth (he did ask Atticus to take the case) and the evidence against Tom is biased and of no substance, Judge Taylor must let the law take its course. He, however, refuses to let The Ewells sabotage his courtroom, "So far, things were utterly dull: nobody had thundered, there were no arguments between opposing counsel, there was no drama; a grave disappointment to all present, it seemed." Judge Taylor also takes the time to calm Mayella down when she is being questioned by Atticus.